Dining Society Visits … The Grosvenor
“The Grosvenor: Hanwell’s latest gastro pub serves up good, reasonably priced food in stylish, family-friendly surroundings”
July 5th 2014
A local institution since 1904 The Grosvenor was, in recent years, abandoned and derelict, and seemed destined to go the way of conversion into flats. But then it was acquired by a safe pair of hands in the shape of expanding chain Food & Fuel.
Run by Café Rouge veterans Karen Jones and Jo Cumming, Food & Fuel has has been stealthily upping the ante in the world of West London gastro pubs. The team has successfully reinvigorated a number of West London haunts including The Duke in Richmond, The Roebuck in Chiswick and The Prince of Wales in Putney, and The Grosvenor sits nicely alongside these establishments.
Our dining companion grew up two streets away from The Grosvenor and remembers eating crisps sitting on the bar when she was a nipper. Like many other long-time Hanwell residents she’s glad that someone was able to recover and restore the grand old pub and breathe new life into it. The design team has left the bones of the pub untouched, showcasing the magnificent central bar. Wood panelling is enhanced by the understated decorative blend of British Racing Green and William Morris bamboo. There are comfy leather sofas for lounging, and comfy mismatched wooden chairs for dining. On our visit the small garden was full of happy locals toasting the good weather.